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    31 Oct '14 19:15
    Discuss.

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  2. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    31 Oct '14 20:21
    Originally posted by divegeester
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    Harmless fun - no need to worry about Satanists!

    Was no big deal when I was young - 5th Nov was what we looked
    forward to - but Halloween is now just another secular celebration.
  3. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    31 Oct '14 21:03
    Originally posted by divegeester
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    Boo! Trick or Treat? Harmless fun for kids though costumes here relating to EBOLA and ISIS threats seem a bit over the top.
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    31 Oct '14 23:27
    Originally posted by divegeester
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    Out in the neighborhood as we speak with my youngest. He's with his friends having a good time.

    I think it's religious superstition to fear a harmless cultural tradition. The real worry is about what's in the mind and how that effects one's understanding of the truth.
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    01 Nov '14 07:42
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    ... costumes here relating to EBOLA and ISIS threats seem a bit over the top.
    Only in America!

    Halloween has taken on more significance in the UK in recent years, following the US trend of neighbourhood parties etc. I think it's quite good fun and don't see any more harm in it than kids celebrating Christmas or watching Harry Potter films.
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    The judge found that the conduct of the Watchtower, the Governing Body the Jehovah's Witness organisation had acted with reckless disregard for the safety of children and that their conduct was reprehensible. And the local elders told the mother of the victim not to report the abuse to the authorities.


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    07 Nov '14 23:34
    Originally posted by josephw
    Out in the neighborhood as we speak with my youngest. He's with his friends having a good time.

    I think it's religious superstition to fear a harmless cultural tradition. The real worry is about what's in the mind and how that effects one's understanding of the truth.
    quote:

    Feelings of a ghostly presence - the sense that someone is close-by when no-one is there - lie in the mind, a study has concluded.

    Scientists say that they have identified the parts of the brain that are responsible for generating these spooky sensations.

    They have also created an experiment that makes some people feel like there is a ghost nearby.

    The research is published in the journal Current Biology.

    There are many tales of the paranormal, but an often-reported phenomenon is that of the invisible apparition.

    Dr Giulio Rognini, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), says: "The sensation is very vivid. They feel somebody but they cannot see it. It is always a felt presence."

    He said it was common in those who experience extreme conditions, such as mountaineers and explorers, and people with some neurological conditions, among others.

    "What is astonishing is that they frequently report that the movements they are doing or the posture they are assuming at that specific moment is replicated by the presence. So if the patient is sitting, they feel the presence is sitting. If they are standing, the presence is standing, and so on," he explained.

    Ghost experiment

    Some of the participants asked for the experiments to stop because the sensation was so odd

    To investigate, the researchers scanned the brains of 12 people with neurological disorders, who had reported experiencing a ghostly presence.

    They found that all of these patients had some kind of damage in the parts of the brain associated with self-awareness, movement and the body's position in space.


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    Our brain possesses several representations of our body in space”

    Dr Giulio Rognini EPFL

    In further tests, the scientists turned to 48 healthy volunteers, who had not previously experienced the paranormal, and devised an experiment to alter the neural signals in these regions of the brain.

    They blindfolded the participants, and asked them to manipulate a robot with their hands. As they did this, another robot traced these exact movements on the volunteers' backs.

    When the movements at the front and back of the volunteer's body took place at exactly the same time, they reported nothing strange.

    But when there was a delay between the timing of the movements, one third of the participants reported feeling that there was a ghostly presence in the room, and some reported feeling up to four apparitions were there.

    Two of the participants found the sensation so strange, they asked for the experiments to stop.

    The researchers say that these strange interactions with the robot are temporarily changing brain function in the regions associated with self-awareness and perception of the body's position.

    The team believes when people sense a ghostly presence, the brain is getting confused: it's miscalculating the body's position and identifying it as belonging to someone else.

    Dr Rognini said: "Our brain possesses several representations of our body in space.

    "Under normal conditions, it is able to assemble a unified self-perception of the self from these representations.

    "But when the system malfunctions because of disease - or, in this case, a robot - this can sometimes create a second representation of one's own body, which is no longer perceived as 'me' but as someone else, a 'presence'."

    The researchers said that their findings could help to better understand neurological conditions such as schizophrenia.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29939672
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    07 Nov '14 23:36
    Originally posted by josephw
    Out in the neighborhood as we speak with my youngest. He's with his friends having a good time.

    I think it's religious superstition to fear a harmless cultural tradition. The real worry is about what's in the mind and how that effects one's understanding of the truth.
    Oh yes, and, not very long ago you would have been stared at as a very strange person, looking at and using your thumbs on a little object that had a glowing front.
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    09 Nov '14 13:131 edit
    Originally posted by reaven cena
    The judge found that the conduct of the Watchtower, the Governing Body the Jehovah's Witness organisation had acted with reckless disregard for the safety of children and that their conduct was reprehensible. And the local elders told the mother of the victim not to report the abuse to the authorities.


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